Some background on the Dutch diversity volte-face

Haroon Siddiqui has written an interesting and informative article on the evolution of Dutch attitudes towards immigrants and Muslims.  He also argues that the pendulum is swinging back. – How the tolerant Dutch became so intolerant

For the last five years, the story from liberal Holland has been that it had gone from being multicultural to being xenophobic. It had shut the door on immigrants, warehoused its refugees in camps and turned on its own 1 million Muslims.

The latest news, yet to be noticed by the world, is that the Dutch have had enough of their own extremism and are inching back to the moderate middle.

  • Dr. Mohamed Taher

    Dear Svend
    I came to this site via Rachel’s Multifaith + pluralism article.
    Had a look at your post on the Dutch stuff.
    I think you have missed Haroon siddiqi’s three recent editorials on Dutch-connection.
    Here is the link:
    He is the editor, Toronto Star.
    Visit my site and leave your comments pl.
    Wassalam, Taher

  • Dr. Mohamed Taher

    I read your post yest. And, I had missed to ready your post today.
    Any ways, it is a chance for me to step at your door and say, Hello
    Best, Mohamed Taher

  • dawood

    Interesting article. I think that this is something that ebbs and flows, and am glad to see that specific groups of people are trying to educate and build bridges, not burn them.
    I wonder if it is partly because people are not willing to face up to the fact that minorities have been unfairly treated, and “not given a fair go”, to use an Aussie colloqialism. It is similar over here in Sydney in regards to the resentment and marginalizing of the Muslim/immigrant communities. First it was the Eastern Europeans (Italians/Greeks) then the Chinese and Vietnamese, then the Lebanese/Turks (who are called “wogs”, as are the Italian and Greek descendants) and now we have a huge influx of Somalian and West African people too, so I hate to think about what stereotypes await them.
    The problem is too, that it falls on the community. As far as Islam is concerned, the religious-leaders here are doing next to nothing to change the image of Muslims. Most here can’t even speak English, and disagree generally along ethnic lines, which proves to be very frustrating due to lack of cooperation.
    This is slowly changing though, and I hope that my generation will prove useful in building bridges between communities, regardless of religion. As a Muslim convert, I feel it is basically a duty for me and others to help in this process. It’s the only way we can carve out our own Australian/British/American/whatever Muslim identity.
    Keep up the great posts!

  • ajsuhail

    Hey Svend,
    Assalamu alaikum
    Glad to see that you are reading my favourite newspaper and one of my favourite columnists Haroon at that.Did you know that he was originally from Hyderabad India?The Star has some great columnists;Antonio Zerbesias is someone else whom I greatly enjoy reading.